Archive for September, 2009

Change By Design

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
In his new book, Change By Design, Tim Brown of IDEO examines how design can improve health care. BusinessWeek has an excerpt of this very interesting read.

The Future of Moon Rovers is Here

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
How’s this for cool: has some photos of a Moonstream rover as conceptualized by Transportation Design student Anthony Sims. Modeled after working NASA designs, Anthony based the rover on forms found in nature, such as turtles and whales.

Read more about this great design, and see plenty of images, here.

Alums and Faculty Celebrate Armory’s 20th

Monday, September 28th, 2009
The Armory is celebrating its 20th anniversary, kicking it off with a new exhibition.

Paying tribute to its 20 years of exhibition history, the Armory commissioned 20 contemporary artists, all having previously created art for the organization, to make new site-specific works and installations both inside the Armory and at sites throughout Pasadena. Artists included in the show include Art Center alums Edgar Arceneaux and Pae White, and faculty member Seth Kaufman.

The show, Installations Inside/Out: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, runs through Dec. 31. Details about the installations can be found here.

Pasadena Symphony All Ears When It Comes to ACCD Students

Friday, September 25th, 2009

The Pasadena Symphony and Pops just launched a quirky new marketing campaign, courtesy of The Agency, Art Center’s student-staffed pro bono advertising agency that works with real clients.

The star of the new campaign? A giant fiberglass ear.

Made out of surfboard material, the ear stands three feet tall and appears to be a big fan of the symphony (and a great date).

The L.A. Times blogs that Art Center students including Connie Wong, who fabricated the ear, are exploring “how to make the ear more durable”—so that it can begin making personal appearances, of course.

Check out the video after the jump.


Ceramics Virtuoso Celebrates 95th

Thursday, September 24th, 2009
There’s an interesting article on ceramist Harrison McIntosh FINE ’36 in today’s L.A. Times. He is celebrating his 95th birthday with a retrospective exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona. McIntosh studied at Art Center in the ’30s, when we were located in downtown Los Angeles. He is known as “a virtuoso of pure, gracefully handmade objects that represent the classical vein of Southern California’s postwar crafts movement in museum collections around the world.”

The exhibition runs through Jan. 9, 2010.

OC Mag Visits Transportation Design Alum

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
This issue of Orange Coast Magazine visits alumnus Freeman Thomas at Ford’s advanced design studio in Irvine.

“Southern California is so important from a design standpoint,” Thomas says. “It’s where the pebble hits the pond.”

Read more at Orange Coast Magazine

Don’t Miss Our New Alumni Profiles

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
Now that we know a little more about what it’s like to be an Art Center student, what is it like to be an alum?

Check out another exciting feature of our new site—alumni profiles. We’ve interviewed a variety of grads from many backgrounds and eras. Their stories are amazing and inspiring—we think you’ll enjoy reading them. We’ll be adding new profiles throughout the year, so check back often.

Browse our alumni profiles today!

Young Honored at AIGA Gala

Monday, September 21st, 2009
Art Center alumnus and faculty member Doyald Young ADVT ’55 was honored with an AIGA Medal Thursday night at the sixth annual Design Legends Gala in New York.

AIGA’s site has a great write-up on the medal winner, and Doyald has a wonderful essay on his five design mentors. Be sure to check them out.

Congrats, Doyald!

Grey Gardens Scores Six Emmys

Monday, September 21st, 2009
With the most nominations of any other made for television movie this year, Grey Gardens—the first feature film directed by Art Center alumnus Michael Sucsy—is the recipient of six Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie.  

Variety posted an online exclusive about Michael’s success.

Well deserved, Michael!

Art that Touches the Heart

Friday, September 18th, 2009
Why do people visit art museums? An interesting article on Miller–McCune’s news blog looks at a new study examining why they do.

Researchers found that the type of work on display can have an emotional effect on the patron. The work that solicits the most emotional response? Modern art.

Read more: Modern Art More Likely to Stir the Heart.